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Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle.
Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
And are not you my husband ? Ant. E. No, I say nay to that.
Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so;
Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.
Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail,
Dro. E. No, none by me.
Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you,
father here. Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his life. Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. Ant. E. There, take it; and much thanks for my
good cheer. Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains To go with us into the abbey here, And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes :And all that are assembled in this place,
That by this sympathized one day's error
Merchant, ANGELO, and Attendants.
board ? Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thoạ
[Exeunt AntiPHOLUS S. and E. ADR.
walk in to see their gossiping ? Dro. S. Not I, sir; you are my elder. Dro. E. That's a question : how shall we try it?
Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior: till then, lead thou first.
Dro. E. Nay, then thus : We came into the world, like brother and brother: And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.
On a careful revision of the foregoing scenes, I do not hesitate to pronounce them the composition of two very unequal writers. Shakspeare had undoubtedly a share in them; but that the entire play was no work of his, is an opinion which (as Benedict says) “ fire cannot melt out of me; I will die in it at the stake.” Thus as we are informed by Aulus Gellius, Lib. III. Cap. 3. some plays were absolutely ascribed to Plautus, which in truth had only been (retractate et expolita) retouched and polished by him.
In this comedy we find more intricacy of plot than dis. tinction of character; and our attention is less forcibly engaged, because we can guess in great measure how the denoüe. ment will be brought about. Yet the subject appears to have been reluctantly dismissed, even in this last and unnecessary scene, where the same mistakes are continued, till the power of affording entertainment is entirely lost.